Damian Lillard is not Unhappy with the Portland Trail Blazers

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Speaking to reporters Sunday in Las Vegas, where the Trail Blazers guard was taking in some summer-league action, Lillard, who has been the subject of recent trade rumors, said he's not unhappy in Portland. In this picture, Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates a basket with teammates in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, Dec. 13, 2017. On the one hand, they finished third out West with a 49-33 record. The Pelicans were also a great offensive team but they also were a great defensive team.

Portland doesn't have a realistic chance to be in title contention next season. Plus they've gone home after the first round in consecutive seasons. Was Lillard playing games?

"I'm not unhappy", he said. "I love where I am".

The 24-year-old enjoyed a breakout year last season, averaging 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game - but fans were left more impressed by his defensive versatility than his stat line. I love our coaching staff I love where I am.

"Obviously, I loved Ed, " Lillard said. "... As far as where we fit in [the playoff picture], y'all know how I bring [it]".

"Like I said a year ago, it's the urgency of wanting to make those steps in the right direction so we can compete", Lillard explained. The most talked about team in rumors surrounding Lillard has been the Los Angeles Lakers, who may try to acquire a star to pair with LeBron James. Wilson made her comments on Twitter using Lebron's huge payday from the Lakers as her point of reference. Kawhi Leonard might join him soon.

Carmelo Anthony is likely to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer, according to ESPN's Royce Young and Adrian Wojnarowski.

On the ever-improving Western Conference. It's always going to be tough. They've got one of the five players that were named to the All-NBA First Team and dealing that star to a division rival just a few months later doesn't make much sense, especially when he's under control for three more years. "We over here looking for a million but Lord, let me get back in my lane". "It is what it's always been but just a little tougher".

In the meantime, Lillard is under contract through 2020-21. Can the Blazers make enough noise before then?

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